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No, Prime Minister
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PTI Prime Minister Manmohan Singh files his nomination papers for Rajya Sabha elections, in Guwahati on May 15.

The highest traditions of parliamentary democracy require that the Prime Minister be a person elected to the Lok Sabha. It was also a solemn declaration made in 1966 by the Congress and its government. By ERA SEZHIYAN


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As I am new reader to this kind of article, it has helped me to understand the proses of labyrinthine political situation of the period 1964-1967. Now I am thinking if Mr Manmohan Singh is not elected member of the Parliament, then, why he is our Prime Minister? Is it due to he is the Member of Upper House of the Parliament i.e. Rajya Sabha.What is the convention behind it? After all this article is fabulous.Thanks...
from:  Ramesh Kr Gupta
Posted on: Jun 24, 2013 at 15:40 IST
Through this article the author has clarified the highest traditions of parliamentary democracy that require the Prime Minister be a person elected to the Lok Sabha. He categorically analysed the system by giving proper examples. His dealing with the subject since 1940s would make the reader to understand the conventions established and were prevailing since those days. His quote from Pupul Jayakar's book would make everybody to think that how K.Kamaraj was wounded mentally: "...Speaking to a friend, Kamaraj commented on the great mistake in making Indira Prime Minister: 'A great man's daughter, a little man's great mistake'". His recalling of the Congress Parliamentary Meeting of January 15, 1966 and the announcement after the end of the counting that it was a 'girl' would make everybody wonder how he remembered and wrote them in a meticulous way, I bow to the author for reminiscincing the incident and sharing them with the readers.
from:  Dr B Jambulingam
Posted on: Jun 15, 2013 at 18:25 IST
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